Year Group: 13

House: Orchard

When did you join Bethany? 

I joined the School when I was in Year 9 which was April 2015.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The system in Hong Kong and Singapore did not suit me at all as they focus on the core subjects such as English, Maths and Science and creative subjects are not valued as much.

What A levels are you studying?

I am studying Media, Business and Politics. My favourite is Media because I did it for GCSE and I’m really interested in social media and the film and documentary industry.

Are you involved with any sports teams or music activities outside of lesson?

I was in the rounders team last year but this year I was a teaching assistant in Year 10 media classes as they needed some support in the department. It was also really useful for me because it acted as a refresher and a good revision tool in preparation for our A level Media exam.

What do you enjoy about boarding?

It’s quite nice because you learn how to become more independent and teach others how to be more independent as well – some people don’t know how to use a dishwasher! It’s also a great starting point and acts as a confidence booster before university. I’ve definitely made friends for life at Bethany, especially the girls in my boarding house.

What is your ambition after leaving Bethany?

I want to study Media and Communications at university and maybe go into PR, advertising or management. There are a couple of companies that really interest me such as the Lad Bible and insider. The rise of social media in this digital age is just fascinating!

What advice would you give a pupil from you country thinking of coming to Bethany?

I would say preparation is key. I have a lot of things from back home in my room in the Orchard and it’s the little things that matter the most like a key ring or a photo, that kind of memorabilia if you like. At home, we celebrate a lot of Asian festivities which is sometimes hard for me as I miss out on those so try to visit the places that remind you of home such as China Town or just drinking some bubble tea can help!

What is the best thing about the Sixth Form at Bethany?

You get a lot more independence but you need to put more work in to get the results that you want. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail as my Dad would say. Wearing a suit is cool as it’s like a uniform but you get to put your own twist on it.

Tell us more about your Head of Kiplings role?

Kiplings is one of the competitive houses at Bethany along with Roberts and Speakers. When I first joined Bethany I was quite a shy person when it came to sports but we now have these great activities like swimming, rock climbing and tug of war. I try and encourage the younger years to be involved in sports by keeping the momentum up throughout the year.

Have any members of staff or friends influenced your time at Bethany?

It’s hard to pick just one but Maria was the first person I met at Bethany and she didn’t leave my side for my first day because I was so scared! Then I met her sister, Lorenza, where I can really let my hair down and we sing at the top of our lungs in the boarding house! I clicked with those two instantly. Ellie introduced me to some English culinary experiences like crunchies and great TV shows over here. At Bethany, I get the best of both worlds as I have my day pupil friends and my little family back in Orchard. You become so close with your housemistress and friends so the girl group just gets bigger and better.

 

“At Bethany, I get the best of both worlds as I have my day pupil friends and my little family back in Orchard. You become so close with your housemistress and friends so the girl group just gets bigger and better.”

Amy McQueen